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Happy Birthday, America — Independence Day at The Swag

We had a wonderful time marking America’s 242nd birthday with guests from all over our great nation: Arizona, Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina.  What a celebration it was!  The Swag Staff did a wonderful job decorating the property for the occasion, as you could hardly look in any … Read More

“Southern Appalachia in a Bottle” — New Drinks on the Dogtrot

Next time you come relax on the dogtrot, be sure to take a look inside the cooler, as we are proud to be offering new, complimentary drinks from the locally-owned Waynesville Soda Jerks.  As you take in the amazing mountain views at the “Most Romantic” Hideaway (per Andrew Harper), feel free to grab one, or … Read More

Knife Skills at Swag Cooking School

The Season’s First Cooking School at The Swag was a Treat

The Swag is hosting three cooking schools this season, and Chef Jake Schmidt kicked off June with our first cooking school.  We were joined by guests whose cooking experiences ranged from “casual weekend cooks” to couples who plan their vacations all around the world specifically to participate in cooking schools. The first course was a … Read More

Meet The Swag Staff, Episode 6: Mark Higdon

In our sixth episode of Meet The Swag Staff, we are pleased to introduce Mark Higdon, who is in his 13th season at The Swag.  Mark is a member of the Guest Services Team and, if you stay with us, there will be a good chance that you will speak with Mark before, during, and … Read More

Meet The Swag Staff, Episode 5: Jeremy Thompson

Meet The Swag Staff is back with Episode 5.  We are pleased to “go outside” and introduce you to Jeremy Thompson, the director of our Grounds & Maintenance Team at The Swag, our award-winning mountaintop hideaway.  Jeremy & Team are responsible for keeping all of our facilities and 250-acre grounds looking good and working well, including our miles … Read More